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Wang, Zimmermann have bullpen sessions

Nationals right-handers Chien-Ming Wang and Jordan Zimmermann had bullpen sessions Friday without any problems, according to pitching coach pitching Steve McCatty.   

Wang threw 30 pitches — all fastballs. It was his first session since Monday, when he threw 45 pitches. Wang was expected to throw Wednesday, but the session was postponed because of a sore right shoulder. Wang will have his next session Sunday at Space Coast Stadium.

After throwing 15 pitches Monday, Zimmermann threw 45 pitches Friday. It’s not known when Zimmermann will have another session in the bullpen.

“He looks great. He has to take it nice and slow and stay with the program. He is doing that,” McCatty said.      

Zimmermann is ahead of schedule in terms of making a comeback, but general manager Mike Rizzo told  Zimmermann that he would not pitch in a game until August.

Once Zimmermann returns, the Nationals are hoping that he and Stephen Strasburg become a one-two combination on the pitching staff by 2011.

Three things to look out for Monday

* Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will have his first bullpen session of the spring. He will throw 10-15 pitches — all fastballs.

* Right-hander Chien-Ming Wang will have another bullpen session. On Friday, he threw 45 pitches without pain. Wang would like to improve his delivery, however.

* The Nationals will have their fifth round of cuts. If not Monday, then Tuesday for sure.

      

Zimmermann has elbow surgery

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had elbow reconstruction on Wednesday and is expected to miss 12 to 18 months.

The surgery was performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the team’s medical director, and Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern Calif.

Zimmermann, who is traveling to Washington on Thursday, will be in a splint for seven days and then start range-of-motion exercises. He is expected to stay with the club and rehab the elbow for the rest of the season.

Zimmermann pitched in 16 games and was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA for Washington this season.    

In other news, outfielder Austin Kearns, on the disabled list because of a thumb contusion, hopes to start baseball activities in a couple of weeks.   

Zimmermann out for season; surgery required

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann will need elbow reconstruction, according acting general manager Mike Rizzo. Zimmermann is expected to  be out 12 to 18 months.

Zimmermann, who was in his first year in the big leagues, pitched in 16 games and was 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA and team-leading 92 strikeouts with Washington. There is no word on when or where the surgery will take place. 

The Nationals had concerns about Zimmermann’s elbow since last Saturday after an MRI was taken the previous day. But before making an final conclusion, the Nationals took the MRI to Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., and he confirmed that Zimmermann has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Washington also is planning to get a third opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum in Southern California before surgery is done.

“Jordan was very upset. It was one of the toughest calls I had to make,” Rizzo said. “He is one of our crown jewels. He is going to work hard and be in Washington rehabbing his right arm.”

Zimmermann last pitched on July 18th against the Cubs before complaining of tightness in the elbow. 

Zimmermann was not available for comment.

Zim has setback; Kearns has tissue removed from thumb

Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann did not have his scheduled bullpen session on Friday because he continues to have tightness in his right elbow. He will have an MRI soon to determine the seriousness of the injury.

The Nationals were hoping that Zimmermann could pitch on Tuesday against the Braves, but that plan has been put on hold.  

“He just came in and he feels a little something there. We are concerned [enough] to not let him throw in the bullpen,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “He wants to pitch. But with where we are at, we are going to get him looked at again, get some pictures taken. Hopefully, he will be pitching.”       

In other news, outfielder Austin Kearns had tissue removed from his injured right thumb in Baltimore. He will be re-evaluated on Monday to determined how long he will be out for.   

Outfielder Roger Bernadina, who is on the DL because of a fractured right ankle, will not play in a big league game anytime soon. Although the bone in the ankle has healed, Bernadina feels a lot of soreness. There’s no timetable on when he will play in a Major League game again. 

Kearns seeing specialist; Zim may get big-league start

Nationals outfielder Austin Kearns is expected to see Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore on Thursday to check on his right thumb. On that day, it will be determined if Kearns needs surgery.

“It started out as a bruise or contusion. It wasn’t getting better,” said Dr. Wiemi Douoguih, the Nationals’ medical director. “It’s a possibility that he needs surgery, but I don’t want to speculate.”    

In retrospect, interim manager Jim Riggleman believes Kearns’ thumb has been bothering him off and on this season. Kearns was not available for comment.  

Kearns has had thumb problems dating back to his Minor League days with the Reds. In 2001, Kearns suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament in the thumb and missed most of the season.

Three years later, scar tissue, a lesion and bone spur had to be removed from his thumb.

As for right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, the team has not decided where he will make his next start — the big leagues or the minors.

Zimmermann was scheduled  to pitch four innings on Tuesday for Class-A Potomac, but he pitched  3 1/3 innings. He left the game because a line drive hit Zimmermann on the back of the left leg in the fourth inning. He is expected to be OK and have a bullpen session on Friday.

If he pitches in the big leagues, Zimmerman will likely start against the Braves on Tuesday.

“We won’t know until after he has his bullpen session the day after tomorrow,” Riggleman said.

Zimmerman is on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow. Every time he pitches, he feels tightness in the elbow.       

“It’s tight. I don’t know how to describe it,” Zimmermann said.

Zimmermann has rehab start

In his first rehab start on Tuesday, Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, on the disabled list because of a sore right elbow, allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits in 3 1/3 innings for Class A Potomac. He struck out six batters and walked one.

Zimmermann may have another rehab start or pitch in Major Leagues later in the week.  

Zimmermann does well in bullpen session

Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, on the 15-day disabled list because of a sore right elbow, had a bullpen session on Saturday afternoon and didn’t have any problems on the mound. He threw 45 pitches in the session.

“Everything went well and I threw all of my pitches. I felt good,” Zimmermann said.

Zimmermann will now go on a rehab assignment and pitch for Class A Potomac against Frederick on Tuesday.

It’s not known how many rehab starts Zimmermann will have before coming off the disabled list.                  

Nationals, American Red Cross to host blood drive

The Nationals have partnered with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive at Nationals Park on Aug. 8th from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET.

This is the fifth year the two have teamed up for the event. Nationals right-hander  Jordan Zimmermann is the player representative for this blood drive. 

Zimmermann will record a PSA for radio and television and make an appearance at the blood drive, thanking fans for their support.

“It’s extremely good for the community and, basically, for everyone,” Zimmermann said.  “They are ultimately going to save someone’s life. It’s a really good thing. Hopefully, a lot of people will come out.”     

Fans may make appointments by calling 1-800-GIVE-LIFE or by visiting www.my-redcross.org.

Currently only three out of every 100 Americans give blood. The goal is to collect over 250 pints of usable blood. The 2008 drive collected 176 pints of usable blood. 

Donors will receive a t-shirt, two tickets to an upcoming Nationals home game and the knowledge that they’ve helped save a life.

Participants will also be entered to win prizes including Nationals tickets, autographed memorabilia and a package including four PNC Diamond Club tickets and a BP field visit.
In addition to hosting blood drives at the ballpark, the Nationals visited the Red Cross facility in Northern Virginia during their 2007 Winter Caravan.

More on Jordan Zimmermann

Following Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over the Mets, the Nationals placed right-hander Jordan Zimmermann on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 19, because of right elbow discomfort and recalled right-hander Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse.

Zimmermann was scheduled to pitch against the Cardinals on Thursday but Balester will get the nod instead. Balester, 23, went 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last 12 starts with Syracuse. Over that period he posted 41 strikeouts and a .274 opponent’s batting average in 69 1/3 innings. Overall, he went 7-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 19 starts.

Zimmermann started feeling pain during his last start, against the Cubs on Saturday. When he again felt pain after a bullpen session on Tuesday, the Nationals decided to shut him down for three or four weeks. The hope is that he will be ready for a rehab assignment at that time.

“I’m not really concerned at all,” Zimmermann said. “I’m going to give it a little rest here and come back. I’ll have one rehab start and be ready to go.”

Once Zimmermann returns, he is expected to pitch the rest of the season, according to acting general manager Mike Rizzo. The original plan was to shut him down sometime in August.

“Zim could pitch tomorrow if he had to pitch,” Rizzo said. “Instead of sending him out there against the Cardinals and have him pitch in a stressful situation, we are going to be cautious and shut him down.

“He is one of our prize prospects, and we are not going to do anything crazy with him. Like we handle all of our pitchers, like [Ross] Detwiler, [Shairon] Martis, Craig Stammen, [John] Lannan and Zimmermann, we are going to be very careful with them and look out for their best interests long-term, not [with the] short-term goals of winning a game.”

Zimmermann, 23, is 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts this season. He is among the National League rookie leaders in strikeouts, starts, innings and wins.

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